User talk:Verdana Bold

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Let there be words for Verdana:

Equivalence class edits[edit]

Hi Verdana, I just wanted to thank you for your edits to the Equivalence class article. I sometimes get a bit sloppy and don't take enough time to review what I've written to pick up these grammatical errors, dot my "i"s and cross my "t"s. I do appreciate it when someone comes along and corrects these things. I notice from your user page that you intend to stick with these types of corrections, which is fine, but I do hope that, as your confidence grows, you will delve into some of the content. We need editors who understand mathematics and can write about it in a clear and forthright manner; perhaps you will be one of these. Happy editing. Bill Cherowitzo (talk) 04:09, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

No way. I've seen what happens to people who attract the attention of the admins. I've seen it several times, with several people. Arbcom is like a Salem witch hunt run by the kid who runs North Korea. I saw a published PhD expert get hauled to arbcom and banned by a know-nothing enforcing a POV. I saw another guy get banned just because someone didn't like him. No bad edits, no explanation. This isn't even a secret. Everyone at WP knows it, and nobody else cares. After the latest spectacle I observed, I told a newspaper what goes on and he said, "You want to tell me that Wikipedia admins are "a gang of schoolyard bullies with no integrity?" I'm afraid that's not news! We even did a story about it ten years ago."
Sadly, he was right. I've since come across several academic studies that revealed the blatant bias of admins in conflicts here. One admin even said (paraphrased since I really and truly don't remember the exact quote, but I swear on everything I care about that this *was* the meaning), "The people who set up Wikipedia had good intentions, but they were naïve. We have to deal with conflicts between editors the way we do because if we followed our own rules, we'd be overwhelmed by adjudication."
Thus, attempts to get them to obey their own rules are "wikilawyering" — a dismissive term used to avoid discussion of their clearly unjustifiable behavior. Supporting someone clearly wronged by a corrupt admin is being a "meatpuppet."
Wikipedia is the single most important source of information after television. It is the first resource everyone in the world uses to find the truth. What's in it matters. And it matters that some articles are "owned" by admins or their friends, causing them to be shockingly biased propaganda. We need to elect new management who will make admins obey their own rules about due process and ban the use of the word "wikilawyering" by admins.
WP has a responsibility to the citizens of the world not to run it like a medieval Machiavellian prince, totally devoid of any sense of principle, fairness, accuracy, truth, or even common decency.
So I'm basically Anne Frank, writing in Wikipedia and hoping not to attract attention from the goon squads who own articles. If I do only grammar corrections and no content editing except in math, maybe the roving gangs of Sturmabteilung and brownshirts won't up-against-the-wall me. VerdanaBøld 16:04, 5 August 2014 (UTC)


Message for you on the Talk page :>) Formerly 98 (talk) 21:00, 16 May 2014 (UTC)

Side effects in the lead[edit]

Yes they do belong in the lead. The lead is to summarize the body of the text. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) (if I write on your page reply on mine) 04:00, 17 May 2014 (UTC)

WYSIWYG editor[edit]

If you want a WYSIWYG editor then you need to set your preferences to use the Visual editor which is such a tool. Nthep (talk) 20:50, 4 July 2014 (UTC)

VisualEditor newsletter—July and August 2014[edit]


The VisualEditor team is currently working mostly to fix bugs, improve performance, reduce technical debt, and other infrastructure needs. You can find on weekly updates detailing recent work.

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